Friday, July 07, 2006

Understanding Londonistan

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Britain's rude awakening to the wolf in its midst. One would have thought that after the horror and alarm 7/7 the Brit's would have taken strong steps to root out the radical clerics preaching hate and martyrdom from the mosques of Whitechaple and Leeds. But that is not the case. It appears that our cousins have allowed themselves to be cowed by the threat of political backlash.

The British Left has joined with the jihadis to block key provisions of Tony Blair anti-terrorism campaign. As Melanie Phillips has written in her book truly frightening book "Londonistan," "The Islamic jihad has turned into the armed wing of the British Left." By fervently bowing before the altar of multiculturalism, Briton's head is now upon the block. It's a form of cultural suicide.

How Britain got to this point is a lesson in national complacency, and one that must be well heeded by this country. Melanie Phillips observes that Britain allowed itself to lose control of its borders, and those who questioned the immigration trends were silenced with cries of "racism."

"The prevailing culture of non-discriminatory entitlement and minority rights meant the courts came to thwart all government attempts to enforce immigration controls. At root was the judges' belief that the citizens of the world were entitled to exactly the same rights as the citizens of Britain. The result has been the deconstruction of British citizenship and the loss of sovereignty over national borders, laws and values."
How quickly has the face of Britain changed? Last year it was reported by the Hindustani Times:

More people in Britain attend mosques than the Church of England. It is for the first time that Muslims have overtaken Anglicans. According to figures 930,000 Muslims attend a place of worship at least once a week, whereas only 916,000 Anglicans do the same. Muslim leaders are now claiming that, given such a rise of Islam in Britain, Muslims should receive a share of the privileged status of the Church of England.
The sensibility of the First Amendment's separation of Church and State could not be more clear, could it?

But what is even more alarming is the nature of the message being disemminated to a million British Muslims every week. As Amir Tehari writes in today's Wall Street Journal (sorry, subscription required - email me):

"We have more religious freedom in Britain than in any Muslim country," says Aazam Tamimi, a pro-Hamas British Islamist. "Our grievances against Britain are not religious but political." And that is the heart of the problem. Convinced that they can never agree on a common understanding of Islam, Muslim sects in Britain have sought unity based on a political program: Islam, in its broadest expression in Britain, is a political movement. It has adopted part of the anticapitalist discourse of communism, adding to it some anti-Semitic and anti-Christian themes of Nazism, and completing the mix with Third-Worldist lamentations against racism and imperialism. This Islam is an ideology masquerading as a religious faith.

Few sermons delivered at British mosques deal with theology, and none allows God more than a cameo role. Instead, they rage about Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Kashmir. They are designed to portray Muslims as victims of a great "Judeo-Crusader conspiracy" led by the U.S., with Britain, Australia, Denmark and Israel, to name but a few, acting as its minions.
The Islamofacist "big lie" is evidently having some effect:

The Pew survey echoes the results of a YouGov poll last year, which showed that 6% of British Muslims, over 100,000 individuals, believed that the 7/7 attacks had been justified. In the same poll, 24% said they were prepared to help terrorists, if needed, while 56% said they understood the reasons for the attacks. More importantly, 1% -- some 16,000 -- said they were prepared to join terrorist operations in the name of Islam. That a significant number of would-be terrorists might be present within the Muslim community in Britain is the main hypothesis of the so-called Rich Picture undercover operation launched by British intelligence in the wake of 7/7. According to intelligence sources quoted by the British press, some 8,000 persons, all "British born and bred Muslims," are under investigation as "al Qaeda sympathizers."

So as England mourns it's murdered citizens today, it would be wise for we as Americans to reflect on the hard lessons learned, and no doubt to be learned again, by our Cousins across the Pond. The War on Terror is not a war against Islam, it is a war against a political shadow-state masquerading as a religion. But once entrenched in a free society, the virus is difficult to eradicate without damaging the host. We must guard against those who would use our freedoms to destroy them.

I hope Washington is paying attention.


Anonymous said...

It's not just Britain, sadly.
If you (the vast readership of 'Heigh-Ho') have never visited Europe (Britain, France, Italy, etc.) and wish to do so, do it SOON.
Europe, as we (Americans) understand and visualize, will soon be gone (5 - 10 years, outside), and I am not exagerating or trying to sound alarmist (although people living there should be alarmed). The buildings and cities will still be there, but the culture is rotting out from the inside, and unpleasant changes are in the wind.
I visited Paris this last winter on business, after several years absence (regular business visits), and it has changed, in subtle and not very nice ways. It feels different, and not in a good way. Part of it is the culture and political rot (self-loathing, for want of a better word), and part of it may be influenced by Islam, although that is hard to say.

-Don Brouhaha

spd rdr said...

I don't have the answers, folks. What I see going on in England, however, seems disturbingly familiar. It could happen here.

Cassandra said...

I hope so too (that Washington is paying attention, that is).

Anonymous said...

I really don't think that "Washington" is the problem, here, Cass, or can do much about it.

A strong, socially vibrant, healthy, confident culture (re: nation) can assimilate immigrants of different types. Most Muslims/Arabs that I personally know are pretty moral and decent people as individuals (there is a large expatriate community of Somali's in Columbus), but they are 'revolted' at some of the cultural goings-on in the US (and to a larger degree in Europe, especially Britain). How they react as a "group" remains to be seen, but they exert a disproportionate measure of influence in Britain especially, because the culture rot is so deep with the "natives".

'There'll always be an England';
I don't think so, least ways as we have come to understand it.

spd rdr said...

I agree with much that you say, Anon., particularly with the morals and decency that are the hallmark of the majority of our Muslim bretheren. But that community's "majority" consensus has been subject to a relentless attack by those who would turn the world to blood to advance the restoration of the Caliphate.

The efficacy of Christianity as means to political/tyrannical ends was overwhelmingly successful for centuries, but that horror has at last been relegated to the ash heap of history. Islamofascism, on the other hand, is a revival movement, and just as lethal to Western civilization as Cortez was to the Aztec.

portia said...

It's not just Britain, sadly.

You are so right, Don. My sister lives in Italy, and she's shared some disturbing vignettes of the profound changes underway with the migration that has occured even within her small Northern seaside town. Her biggest struggle/fear is the overt unwillingness of transplanted Muslims to assimilate within the communities they live, and who opt instead to remain disenfranchised from the mainstream even as their numbers swell uncontrolled, and without design.

And not just recently. For the past twenty or thirty years European countries have choosen appeasement and accommodation in exchange for oil rich "friends" with cheap labor while politicians--from the left and right-- cower for fear of offending the "host" politically or economically.

Oriana Fallaci's (say it again, spd: faa-laaaa-chii ) stands trial at this very moment for "thought crimes" brought by a Muslim who claims her speech/ books have defamed Islam while her accuser who has written "Kill Oriana" publications and demands that offensive pictures of Christ be removed from Italian schools remains unindicted. (Whoa, before you jump all over me for abandoning my First Amendment stronghold, Italy's Penal Code prohibits vilification of "any religion" admitted by the state. My take: Fix Italy's Penal Code, in the meantime, charge her, charge him.)

Bernard Lewis tells us Europe will be Muslim by 2100. I think he's off by a couple of decades. Eurabia is already here.

So yeah, spd, Don and Cassandra's point are well taken: We need to learn from what is underway with our neighbors across the sea, including putting all necessary brakes on illegal--and legal-- immigration.

Surprising as it sounds ccoming from me, I think America needs to think long and hard about whether ciizens of countries that support terrorism or on our sh*t list (like Iran) should be allowed to come to the US, be it by visa, or by citizenship lottery. We restricted nationalities during WW II; during the Cold War you couldn't travel here from the USSR. We restrict Cubans. Are the stakes in the War on Terror so very different?

I know America, ever the optimist, believes that if we allow individuals from suspect countries to live with us and be schooled by us that they will "get it" and be our "ambassadors" when they return home but is that a reality? How many Saudis educated here return home Pro-American? And if they do will they ever say so out loud? How many of today's terrorists have lived here and attended our schools? We can begin with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of 9/11. How many after him?

I realize I'm way out on a limb here. I have more questions than answers and honestly, I'm not up to speed (or spd) on this topic so be forgiving when you rip it to shreds:) Much of this is stream of consciousness rather than thoughtful analysis. But I'm getting there...and the stream is winning.

For those of you who read up to now, here's a small gift: I believe in profiling, too:)

Anonymous said...

You crack me up. I forgot to sign in as "Don Brouhaha", but you knw it's "me". :D

(that anon was me, spd)

-Don Brouhaha

spd rdr said...

No shit, Don?
How many readers do you think I've got here that I shouldn't recognize you?

Anonymous said...

I think 'The efficacy of Christianity as means to political/tyrannical ends was overwhelmingly successful for centuries', is a pretty mixed bag.

Some of the Christian European nations did some good when they colonized; the British Empire left behind a legacy of Common Law in their colonies.
The Spanish found strange and violent stuff when they came ashore in Central America, etc. The Aztecs, Incas, etc., were indeed indigenous, but not entirely "wholesome". The Spanish did a lot of bad things, but also changed a lot of the unpleasant qualities which were 'native' to the Americas.
The Crusades by the Christian Europeans in the Middle East were a "pushback" of the expansion and forced proselyticising (at the point of a sword) of what was then the 'Christian' Middle East by Muslims 700 - 1100 AD. The Christian Crusaders were hardly the most 'moral' bunch, but it was hardly black and white.
Democracy and our ideas of liberty and the 'unalienable rights of man' were cradled in Christian Europe.

-Don Brouhaha

Anonymous said...

Okay, big guy. :)

Nice blog, eh?

-Don Anon.

camojack said...

What, are you on some kind of Crusade, or somethin'?

spd rdr said...


I wasn't attacking Christianity the religion, but acknowledging that the religion was used as a justification for political conquest.

Cassandra said...


You sound much like my dear friend Sylvia (my oldest and best friend going all the way back to 8th grade). She's a liberal Democrat, and still the one I go to when I want to hear an opposing viewpoint from someone whose heart and mind I trust implicitly. Though her parents themselves came to this country from another nation and had to learn English, she is no pie-in-the-sky reactionary on the subject of immigration. I find that's not uncommon.For some odd reason an awful lot of my friends have been Democrats from what you'd call "a working class background". That sounds elitist coming from an officer's wife, but you have to remember that I was "just" a housewife myself and didn't finish college either until I was almost 40. People look down (unnecessarily, I think) on blue collar work. I lot of very smart people are working them - my favorite uncle for instance, who could have been promoted into management almost from day one but kept turning GM down because he truly loved what he was doing. He was one of the highest paid line guys out there b/c he was so good.

I worked a lot of essentially menial jobs to put my kids through private schools, and my other best friend doesn't have a college education but just reentered the work force and is so good that she keeps quitting her job to be there for her family and they'll give her leaves of absence and ask her to come back at a moment's notice with a huge raise every time. She thinks it's ridiculous and unfair and she has said so, but apparently the value she is providing to the firm outweighs the inconvenience, so despite the fact that she has three times now put in letters of resignation, she's made her peace with it.

I'm not saying this very well. I have been battling horrible migraines for three days. I'm glad we're on the same page on this, Portia. I often suspect that if we ever sat down and could talk for a few hours, we'd find that though we don't agree on everything, we'd have more in common that we thought :)

I just wish we could get back to teaching small children the idealism of freedom. I think that's where it starts. There is a core of common ideas a society needs to teach if we are to come together as a society, especially if we have so many diverse religions, ethnicities, and ideologies. And we're not doing that. This multicultural crap isn't providing the glue we need to bind Americans together, and that's a durned shame in my book. There is a way to teach about our differences that teaches that what unites us is far more important than the things which pull us apart.

Cassandra said...

I apologize for the rant. That didn't make much sense. I can't see beyond the throbbing emanating from my frontal lobe - why I should have kept my mouth shut yesterday, and today :)

portia said...

we'd find...we'd have more in common that we thought

I think you're right, Cass. After a couple of hours of talk, we'd both find that I'm not as liberal as I think. After a couple of bottles of wine, I may even pledge allegiance to Bush... that is until I sober up:)

Feel better. I've never suffered from migraines. I can only imagine

Anonymous said...

I had another thought I was going to express along with what I said on Christianity, but I was running too long.
Suffice it to say that Islam is VERY orthodox, and enforces it's orthodoxy at the 'point of the sword' at various times in its history, to believers and unbelievers both. There have been some ugly periods in the history of Christian Europe (the Papal Wars, and fighting between emerging Protestants and Catholics, the Spanish Inqisition, the English Civil War, and on and on), but change did emerge. Islam is locked in stasis (culturally and philosophically), and Muslims that are residents of Western countries (like Britain), are reacting to the culture they live in and really don't always like.

-Don Brouhaha

portia said...

I don't know Don. The more I read, the more I wonder about the feasability--the viability-- of "moderate" Muslims.

I've had The Force of Reason sitting on my bookshelf unopened for a couple of months now. After this discussion, I thought it was time to brave it. A few chapters later, I'm prepared to say it is a "must" read, albeit not for the faint of heart:

I don't like to say that Troy is burning. That Europe is by now a province of Islam or rather a colony of Islam and Italy an outpost of that province, a stronghold of that colony. Saying this amounts to admitting that the Cassandras really do talk to the wind, that in spite of their screams of pain the blind remain blind, the deaf remain deaf, consciences reawoken soon relapse into sleep, and the Mastros Cecco die for nothing. But the truth is just this. From the Strait of Gibraltar to the fjords of Soroy, from the cliffs of Dover to the beaches of Lampedusa, from the steppes of Volgograd to the valleys of the Loire and the hills of Tuscany, the fire is spreading. In each one of our cities there is a second city. A city superimposed and equal to the one that in the Seventies thousands and thousands of Palestinians set up in Beirut installing a State within a State. A government within the goverrnment. A Muslim city, a city ruled by the Koran. An Islamic expansion's stage. The expansionism that no one has ever managed to overcome. No one. Not even the armies of Napoleon. Because it is the only art in which the sons of Allah have always excelled, the art of invading and conquering and subjugating.

Do yourself, and your kids' kids, a favor. Read it. Soon.

spd rdr said...

"I often suspect that if we ever sat down and could talk for a few hours, we'd find that though we don't agree on everything, we'd have more in common that we thought :)"

You see that, folks? I'm a uniter...not a divider. Yes sir, peace in the valley. Peace in the valley. Yep. I like this coming-together thing just fine. Good for the spirit of America. Yessir.

I'd give you each about ten seconds in the all-girls "Political Pit Of Death" before I got killed by the crowd just for introducing you. (:-)>

Cassandra said...

Actually, I think you're wrong.

Girls get along just fine face to face and one on one. It's this internet thingy that gets in the way. And I actually like Portia, FWIW. Very much.

portia said...

Careful, Cass. Talk like that might douse (so to speak) some of his girl-on-girl mud-wrestling fantasies. Key word: some.

Touche, Cassandra! Ditto, too:)

Anonymous said...

I mean, look at all the things Portia has going for her:

1) she has red hair
2) she drives an MB
3) she's a Leo
4) she's spd rdr's 'cosmic twin'

Well, three out of four ain't bad :)

That was kinda of my point, per Islamic orthodoxy enforced at the point of the sword, down through the ages.
There is not much room to 'reform', re the Protestant Reformation that took place in Europe (which also spurred a lot of bloodshed).
But note that Ayatollah al-Sistani in Najaf believes in the separation of the mosque and the government, and this is discussed in the Shiite theology taught there. In Qum (Iran) seminaries, the other center for the teachings of Shia, the Shiite orthodoxy is that mosque and state are united (per the government of Iran and its 'Islamic Revolution').
Since the liberation of Iraq, more pilgrims are coming to Najaf, and the Shiite seminaries are full of Arab and Persian Shiites, being taught of the philosophical separation of mosque and state.
Something to ponder.

-Don Brouhaha

portia said...

Well, three out of four ain't bad

Good catch, Anon, even if your spot-on memory is making me nervous:)

Since the liberation of Iraq, more pilgrims are coming to Najaf, and the Shiite seminaries are full of Arab and Persian Shiites, being taught of the philosophical separation of mosque and state

Tis my hope Don, but I fear that for every pilgrim in Nijaf, there are three fold being taught Wahhabism in a Pakistani madrassas funded by the Saudis. Yet another "back" that needs to be broken.

Cassandra said...

I dunno Portia. I had always sorta fancied jello myself. In bikinis. Otherwise, why on earth did I grow my hair out?

Keep the dream alive.

spd rdr said...

uh boy

Cassandra said...

Look at it this way, spd - this spectacle would have something for everyone.

Comedy fans will thrill to the sight of me in my bikini - even better than Larry the Cable Guy, though I'm not as funny. Lovers of feminine pulchritude, of course, would have the lithe and titian-haired Portia to ogle.

And those who care for Mother Earth and her denizens will no doubt be glued to their seats when Greenpeace show up with their slings, whale song, and tiny hoses filled with sea water, to gently corral and nudge me back to the open waters where I can once more roam free with my own kind.

Like I said, something for everyone. It ought to be the feel-good hit of the summer.

portia said...

Flattery will get my attention Princess but it won't save you from my headlock, not to mention my headscissors takedown:)Forewarned, I've been practicing with some friends in anticipation of our Jello Extravaganza.

Rasberry or Lime?

Cassandra said...

1. You know, I've never actually wrestled in Jello Portia. We had grain jello parties in college, and I think I got dunked into a vat of it once in some bright classmate's attempt to initiate a wet t-shirt contest, but wrestling... umm... no.

2. How did I know spd wouldn't be the 26th comment? I amaze myself.

3. Lime, I think. It will be divine with your red hair and it's one of my best colors. Everyone wins.

spd rdr said...

Now, ladies, let's not the the vast readership all worked up!

Nobody, but nobody eats the green jello. It has to go somewhere. And now I know where.

portia said...

I've never actually wrestled in Jello Portia.

Like I have? The closest I ever came to something like that was playing mud soccer in the rain...with boys. I think jello wrestling looks G*d awful unless you have someone willing to lick it off, but even then I bet it's a sticky, gooey mess to remove from your

But I'm always up for an adventure so what hell. If not now, when?

Lime it is Cass...despite spd's warning that "nobody eats the green jello." I guess we ladies will have to test that for ourselves:)

spd rdr said...


Cassandra said...

Now, ladies, let's not the the vast readership all worked up!

After three years of tireless baiting, I finally get the first indication that he actually reads these over the top comments... heh. It's not much, but it's something.

I think jello wrestling looks G*d awful unless you have someone willing to lick it off...

You are the Queen, Portia. That was a work of art. Nay...Art. I am laughing so hard I can't stand it. Two words.

Sooooooo.... bad.

Heh. Where's Cricket?

Cassandra said...


[hanging head]

In my own defense, I was willing to let the Crown rest. I'm sorry.

Cassandra said...

We'll always have Greenpeace, tho'

*running away*

spd rdr said...


portia said...


Cass, I don't know about you but that just makes me want to keep talking!

So have you decided what you're going to wear?

Cassandra said...

I dunno. The spouse when freaking hog wild just before we went down to the Keys in May. I think I told you - he ordered like a gazillion new bikinis: peach, hot pink, orchid, turquoise, dark brown, black, a really pretty white crocheted one that I wore a whole lot, and my other favorite, a pale peach one that has the prettiest tiny lettuce leaf organza ruffles along the edges. But I think green Jello stains - I'd had to ruin one of my nice ones...

What do you think, spd?

*running away with the sound of whale song in her ears*

Cassandra said...

Oopsie! I got so twitterpated I messed up!

I'd hate to ruin one of my brand-new bikinis.


portia said...

You are one brave woman, Cass. I would no more let my significant other order bikinis for me than... well, than wear them! What he's brought home from Victoria Secret in the past was troubling enough. I've seen fabric swatches that were bigger. Oh, and don't even get me started on that thing with the cutouts. I couldn't tell the front from the back! I ask you if you cut away that much of the design is it really still a bra? I still don't know if I had it on the right way.

But I digress.

Definitely not the white crochet item, Cass. Flaunt that with a good tan at the beach. Besides what happens when it get's wet? Well I guess you know!

Anyway, I have this lace-up leather bustier that I'm considering. I've worn it a gazillion times, and it's held up under lots of um, well, it's black so the jello stains won't show.

Let's coordinate, 'kay?

spd rdr said...

I feel like Charlie Brown, backstage at Victoria's Secret runway event.

portia said...

I feel like Charlie Brown, backstage at Victoria's Secret runway event

Gosh, i would have pegged you for Pig Pen:) Oh stop, I'm talking about the cloud of dust when you leave.

Actually, I'm thinking more about Don who left us in the midst of a thoughtful, erudite discussion about the pending clash of civilizations, only to return to a randy discussion about the pending Jello clash between the Princess and Portia.

Jump in when you can, Anon. spd needs reinforcements who don't harbor estrogen, and Cass needs help deciding which bikini to wear.

Cassandra said...

Seriously. And what is it with the strappy deal? I have never seen so many laces and straps? One or two tiny scraps of cloth surrounded by 10 million laces. Men are so weird. Women were not intended to be walking cat's cradles. It takes an engineering degree just to figure out how to put the fricking thing ON, let alone how to put it on a hanger or in a suitcase without tying it in a knot.

But he has incredibly good taste in bathing suits. I've never had to return a single one, surprisingly, and I'm picky.

Black leather, eh? I don't have much black leather, though I've always thought it looks great. I'm more of a velvet and pearls type myself. I do have black kid gloves though, that are just to die for. I love them. And I have high-heeled boots that match, so I guess I could whip something up to go in between, and black doesn't stain.... the only remaining question is, would pearls be over the top at a Jello match?

(yes, I know - STOP IT. NOW.)

Cassandra said...

Besides what happens when it get's wet? Well I guess you know!

One word.


This is why we like the resort with the adults-only pool.

portia said...

would pearls be over the top at a Jello match?

Nah. In my book, pearls go with everything.
I wear them with jeans. Sometimes, I wear them with nothing else....

Wear the black gloves, especially if they're the long ones. Time to let that domanatrix loose.

Cassandra said...

Of course they're the long ones, silly. What kind of girl do you think I am?

They're really expensive ones too. Kidd gloves. Buttery soft.

I love them.

Funny how the "STOP ITS" died down all of a sudden. Did we beat him into submission, is he purring, or am I in really, really big trouble?

Cassandra said...

Ooh. Nevermind. I'll be good.

Cassandra said...

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you're talkin to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn't answer
Doesn't mean he don't care
Some of gods greatest gifts are unanswered ...


portia said...

Why do I get the feeling you're no longer talking about the Jello Extravaganza?

Enjoy the gifts however they come.

Cassandra said...

There are lots of gifts in life Portia.

You, for instance :)

And the fact that spd puts up with my stupidity. I take what I can get. Sleep well.

Cassandra said...

...and I'll meet you in the mud pit.

Cameras optional...heh.

*running away*

Don't pretend you didn't know I wasn't going to mend my ways.

portia said...

There are lots of gifts in life Portia.
You, for instance

Thank you, Cass. Your sentiment was the bright spot in a long, tough day.

But don't be thinking it'll garner you any favors when we go mano a mano in the green stuff. Unless you're willing to li...nevermind:)

Mud pit? Hmmmmm, that wouldn't have anything to do with the photo from earlier today would it?

Who cares! I am so there:)

Cassandra said...

Sweetie, if you look anything like that photo, who knows... I might be willing to bat for the other team :) But I'm not sure that, even for el-speedimundo, I could li...

*Although*...what was up with that haircut??? Nevermind, I was staring at...

Ummm... I think I'll shut up now. I can't handle having the dubious distinction of [[[[being the only person ever to have been deleted from HH]]]] twice.

[hanging head in eternal shame]

*pouting her best little girl pouty-lip*

[looking up with one eye to see if anyone is paying attention]

portia said...

[looking up with one eye to see if anyone is paying attention]

Just little ol me, Cass. I don't think anyone else has made it this far!

You were deleted from HH? You are the Blog Princess:) I imagine El Jeffe has thought once or a dozen times about pulling Portia's plug but it ain't happened yet. I'm always seem to be teetering juuussst at the edge.

Maybe spd should add a Hall Of Shame listing to his sidebar. I'll keep pushin' that envelope until my name is added too:)

Now back to that photo....

Cassandra said...

Heh... processing, processing... not me. I'm on my best behavior from now on.

Sure is quiet around here.


spd rdr said...

I think that when the last tally is done, my greatest cross to bear in life will have been maintaining my otherwise zen-like patience in the company of women.

portia said...

Heh. How's that working for ya?

Cassandra said...

Cornfucious say: Men are a slow crop.

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